Zinaida Miller is Assistant Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Her scholarship focuses on the conceptualization, management, and regulation of post-conflict and transitional territories and populations, particularly in the areas of human rights, humanitarian aid, and transitional justice. She analyzes cooperation and contestation among local and international legal regimes and experts in moments of conflict and transition, focusing on the reproduction of inequality and structural violence. Her current work examines temporality, international law, and accountability in relation to long-term racial and ethnic inequalities as well as recent conflict and atrocity. “The Injustices of Time: Rights, Redistribution, Race and Responsibility” (forthcoming, Columbia Human Rights Law Review) examines the uses of the past in legal struggles over rights, race, and redistribution in the United States, Canada, South Africa, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Miller’s publications include articles on the exclusion of economic issues from transitional justice, the influence of international ideas about law, humanitarianism, and development on Palestinian governance, and the intersections of time, law, and war crimes. Her co-edited collection, Anti-Impunity and the Human Rights Agenda (with Karen Engle and Dennis Davis, Cambridge University Press), explored the increasing emphasis on punishment and prosecution in the human rights movement, particularly in states emerging from conflict.
Miller serves on the Advisory Council of Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law & Policy, where she was previously a Senior Fellow. She was co-Chair of the American Society of International Law’s Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group from 2017-2020. Prior to joining the School of Diplomacy, she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Global Governance, funded by the Erin Jellel Collins Arsenault Trust, at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development. At the School of Diplomacy, she teaches courses in human rights law and policy, public international law, and international criminal law.
- Ph.D., The Fletcher School, Tufts University
- J.D., Harvard Law School
- MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
- B.A., Brown University
- DIPL 3104 Public International Law
- DIPL 4106 Human Rights Law & Policy
- DIPL 4198 International Criminal Law
- DIPL 6140 International Human Rights
- Miller, Z. (2021). "The Injustices of Time: Rights, Race, Redistribution, and Responsibility", Columbia Human Rights Law Review 52(2), 647-737
- Miller, Z. (2020). "Embedded Ambivalence: Un-Governing Global Justice", Transnational Legal Theory, 11(3), 353-581.
- Miller, Z. (2020). "Distributing Justice: Transitional Justice and Stabilisation in North Africa", Stabilizing the Contemporary Middle East and North Africa -Regional Actors and New Approaches (pp. 281-306). Palgrave MacMillan.
- Miller, Z. (2020). "The End(s) of Transition", International Law & Transitional Governance: Critical Perspectives (pp. 115-134). London: Routledge.
- Miller, Z. (2018). "Time, Law, and Judgment", Temple International & Comparative Law Journal, 32(1), 53-68.
- Miller, Z. (in press). "Transitional Justice Temporalities", The Oxford Handbook of Transitional Justice. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Miller, Z. Race, "Transitional Justice, and Accountability in the United States," Yale Law School Human Rights Workshop (November 5, 2020)
- Miller, Z. "Where Should the Human Rights Movement Be Headed?" Human Rights at a Crossroads?, Berkeley Law School, Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law (November 13, 2020)
- Miller, Z., The Jurisprudence of Distribution, Northeastern Law School and Boston University School of Law "Temporality and Distribution in the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict," (September 12, 2020)
- Miller, Z., Prison Abolition, Human Rights, and Penal Reform: From the Local to the Global, "International Justice and Abolition," Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX, United States. (September 27, 2019).
- Miller, Z., Law and Society Annual Meeting, "Searching for Truth in the Transitional Justice Movement," Law and Society Organization, Washington, DC, United States. (June 3, 2019).
- Miller, Z., Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, "Temporal Governance," Law and Society Organization, Washington, DC, United States. (June 1, 2019).
- Miller, Z., Global Un-Governance Workshop, "Un-Governing Justice," Edinburgh Law School, Edinburgh, Scotland. (May 23, 2019).
- Miller, Z., International Studies Association Annual Convention, "The Timing of Accountability," Toronto, Canada. (March 29, 2019).
- Miller, Z., Critical Perspectives on Race and Human Rights: Transnational Re-Imaginings, "Rupture and Reckoning: Times, Victims and Experts," UCLA School of Law. (March 8, 2019).
- Miller, Z. , "In a Time of Transition: Inequality and Transformation in Transitional Justice", International Law, Local Justice Conference in Honor of Hope Lewis, Northeastern School of Law, Boston, MA (Nov. 16, 2018).
- Miller, Z., European Society of International Law Annual Meeting, "Justice between Universal and Particular," Manchester, United Kingdom. (September 15, 2018).
- Justice in Time, International Law Colloquium, University of California – Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, CA (Mar. 12, 2018)
Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research
- Miller, Z., "Connections Grant," Sponsored by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Other. (March 2019 - December 2020).
- Miller, Z., "Institute for Global Law & Policy Senior Fellowship," Sponsored by Harvard Law School. (August 2018 - July 2019).
Awards and Honors
- University Research Council Grant, Seton Hall University. (May 6, 2020).
- Faculty Teacher of the Year, School of Diplomacy and International Relations. (January 10, 2020).
- University Research Council Grant, Seton Hall University. (April 10, 2017).
Licensures and Certifications
- New York State Bar, New York State Bar Association. (April 2010 - Present).
Media Appearances and Interviews
- Jack Herrera, “What would 'transitional justice' look like in the United States?” Prism. (December 9, 2020)
- "Transitional Justice, Race, and the United States," Just Security. (June 30, 2020).
- "What About Social and Economic Rights?," Justice Visions Podcast. (May 28, 2020).
Non-Credit Instruction Taught
- International Relations Summer Institute, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, 10 participants. (July 16, 2018 - July 20, 2018).